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Zaku
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Developer(s) PenguiNet
Publisher(s) Super Fighter Team
Platform(s) Atari Lynx
Release 24 October 2009
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

Zaku is a homebrew Scrolling shooter video game developed by PenguiNet and published by Super Fighter Team exclusively for the Atari Lynx on October 24, 2009.

Taking place on a futuristic setting where Captain Bran and his minions plan to oversaturate the worldwide market with poor quality software using the "Rarity 9" programming tool, players assume the role of the titular character in an effort to retrieve the stolen tool from Bran.

Gameplay

Zaku is a science fiction-themed scrolling shoot 'em up game reminiscent of Air Zonk, where players take control of the titular character through sixteen stages across five worlds taking place on a futuristic setting, each with a boss that must be fought before progressing any further, to retrieve the "Rarity 9" programming tool from Captain Bran as the main objective. At the title screen, players have access to the options menu where various settings can be changed such as the difficulty level.

Prior to starting, players are free to proceed with the game's worlds in any order. Zaku can charge her shots to fire a more powerful attack. Charging longer causes Zaku to activate a force field capable of damaging enemies. Zaku is also equipped with rear thrusters to attack enemies from behind. Unlike other scrolling shooters, however, there are no power-ups to acquire in the game besides capsule-shaped items. Zaku can sustain a number of hits before her health depletes and the game is over, though players have the choice to continue playing after dying.

Release

Zaku was first showcased to the public as a playable demo at the 2007 Retro-Gaming Connexion convention in Congis-sur-Thérouanne, France. The finished game was published on October 24, 2009 by Super Fighter Team. The title was the first new release for the Atari Lynx whose game cartridge has an authentic "curved lip" plastic shell, reminiscent of officially licensed Lynx titles. It shipped with a packaging mimicking those of licensed Lynx releases. A second print run was launched on May 2012, while a third print run occurred in August 2016.


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